Delhi Court Takes Cognizance Of Republic TV’s Defamation Complaint Against Navika Kumar For Times Now Show On TRP Scam

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi Court Takes Cognizance Of Republic TV’s Defamation Complaint Against Navika Kumar For Times Now Show On TRP Scam LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 Feb 2021 11:19 PMShare This – xThe Patiala House Court in Delhi has taken cognizance of the criminal defamation case filed by ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd. (company running Republic TV and R Bharat channels) against Times Now anchor Navika Kumar, for making allegedly defamatory remarks against Republic TV and its Chief Arnab Goswami, in connection with the TRP Scam case. The Court of ACMM Chander Jit Singh has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Patiala House Court in Delhi has taken cognizance of the criminal defamation case filed by ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd. (company running Republic TV and R Bharat channels) against Times Now anchor Navika Kumar, for making allegedly defamatory remarks against Republic TV and its Chief Arnab Goswami, in connection with the TRP Scam case. The Court of ACMM Chander Jit Singh has fixed the matter for pre-summoning evidence on June 8, 2021, after hearing Advocate Vijay Agarwal (for Republic TV) through video conferencing. In its complaint under Section 499/ 500 IPC, ARG Outlier has alleged that Republic Media Network has been the target of a vicious, vindictive and malice driven exercise under the Maharashtra Government and that Kumar, as a part of a planned scheme and to take advantage of the ongoing deep-seated malice intends to further her own corporate interests. It is stated that the entire matter relating to alleged TRP manipulations is being investigated and pending consideration before the Bombay High Court. Regardless, it is alleged, in a telecast dated 18 January: “By misusing, misconstruing and distorting the documents from the Mumbai Police’s chargesheet in the TRP Scam, mainly the WhatsApp Chats, and without regard to the matter being sub judice both before the lower courts at Mumbai and the Hon’ble Bombay High Court, the Accused Person has gone on a reckless spree to spew grossly defamatory material mentioned below that has been telecast, published, circulated and disseminated on the TV Channel Times Now as well as the internet in various portal such as the Youtube.” The company has urged that Kumar cannot be permitted to steal a march over the adjudication process and pronounce the channel guilt by elevating itself a parallel adjudication forum. “Two charge sheets have already filed but investigation is still ongoing. Trial has not yet begun, and Complainant Company is factually innocent and also presumed innocent until proven guilty. The matter will be decided in accordance with law and no third-party interloper can be permitted to preempt the process of law,” states the complaint. In the complaint, ARG Outlier has gone on to say that Kumar is jealous of the manner in which Arnab Goswami launched Times Now and made it a thriving news channel within a year, and thereafter launched Republic TV, which has also gathered attraction. “The Accused is jealous and the lack of ability of the Accused to match the success of the Complainant company, has caused this defamatory show to be aired,” states the complaint. It is alleged that Navika Kumar made “rabid and unrounded claims” accusing Arnab Goswami of endangering national security and leaking state secrets; such allegations “an utter falsehood” and “outright falsehood”.Next Storylast_img read more